By: Brittany Bedi
May 2, 2017
TALLAHASEE, Fla. (WCTV) – The School of Arts and Sciences on Thomasville Road completed a new addition to the school. School staff and Tallahassee Mayor Pro Temp Gil Ziffer cut the ribbon for the grand opening.
The new facility is 12,000 square feet. The buildings house a dozen new classrooms. The south building will house the middle school classrooms, and the north building will have fourth and fifth grade classes.
The land acquisition, planning, and construction spanned nine years. City commissioner Gil Ziffer visited the campus in 2001, and noted a strong spirit among the student body.
“Even then, walking through this school, I knew this was a special place,” said Ziffer. “The kids made a difference. For me, being able to help in whatever process with the city was an easy thing.”
Staff are say they’re excited about the new addition to the school.
Susan Stafford is chair of the replication and expansion committee at the school.
Now that’s construction is over, Stafford says there’s relief and the students are ready.
“This is the first group that’s going to get to be in the new school. They are so excited,” said Stafford. “I think they’re also excited just to be done, to have all the bulldozers out of the way, and continue their school experience.”
Because the school year is almost over, classes will not be moved into the building until the fall semester. The book fair and other school events will be held in the new buildings.
The School of Arts and Sciences Thomasville Road is planning to gradually increase enrollment from 384 to 450 students by the 2021 to 2022 school year. They say that near 2,000 students are on the waiting list.
With student enrollment is expected to increase, the school is looking for additional teachers.